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How big are galaxies?

I'm going to refrain from the initial response that comes to mind… actually, no I won't—they're really, really, really big!!!!

dateApr 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Galaxies the way they were

( —Galaxies today come very roughly in two types: reddish, elliptically shaped collections of older stars, and bluer, spiral shaped objects dominated by young stars. The conventional wisdom is that the two types ...

dateApr 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Astronomers discover new kind of supernova

( —Supernovae were always thought to occur in two main varieties. But a team of astronomers including Carnegie's Wendy Freedman, Mark Phillips and Eric Persson is reporting the discovery of a new type of supernova ...

dateMar 26, 2013 in Astronomy
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Pan-STARRS finds a 'lost' supernova

( —The star Eta Carinae is ready to blow. 170 years ago, this 100-solar-mass object belched out several suns' worth of gas in an eruption that made it the second-brightest star after Sirius. That was just a precursor ...

dateMar 07, 2013 in Astronomy
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Gravitational telescope creates space invader mirage

(—The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most powerful available to astronomers, but sometimes it too needs a helping hand. This comes in the form of Einstein's general theory of relativity, which makes ...

dateMar 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble catches the moment the lights went out

(—The further away you look, the further back in time you see. Astronomers use this fact to study the evolution of the Universe by looking at nearby and more distant galaxies and comparing their features. Hubble ...

dateFeb 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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